While much has been said (often negatively) about the Millennial student and worker, research has shown that as a group they are high-achieving, have a strong desire for ongoing personal and professional development, and tend to be seriously invested in making a marked sustainable impact on society and in the communities in which they live and work. One avenue to better engage Millennial students is through the use of community-engaged experiential learning (or service-learning) pedagogy in the classroom and projects in the community. While service-learning is not a new phenomenon, this “civically-engaged” experiential learning pedagogy has increased in popularity and usage in educational settings in recent years. Additionally, community-engaged experiential learning can be utilized to provide meaningful community-service opportunities that simultaneously teach civic responsibility and encourage life-long civic engagement, while also providing opportunities for significant real-life, hands-on learning of important skills and vital social understanding for Millennial students.


 This presentation will help you answer the following questions:

  • What is service-learning and how do I know if service-learning activities are right for my curriculum?
  • What are the common service-learning models and how can they be adapted to be effectively utilized in my specific course?
  • What are the educational, professional development, and other student outcomes of using service-learning activities in my course?
  • How can the successes of my service-learning efforts be effectively assessed?
  • What are some examples of effective service-learning efforts across different academic disciplines?


Dr. Jonathan Westover is Associate Professor of Organizational Leadership and Ethics in the Woodbury School of Business and Director of Academic Service Learning at UVU (and previously the Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Ethics). He is also a human capital leadership and performance management consultant and is on the board of directors of the HR Certification Institute (HRCI). He was recently a Fulbright Scholar (Minsk, Belarus), a POSCO Fellow at the East-West Center (Honolulu, Hawaii; Washington D.C.), and Visiting Scholar at the Wilson Center (Washington, D.C.) and he is a regular visiting faculty member in other international graduate business programs (U.S., U.K., France, Belarus, Poland, and China). He is also a Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism Faculty Fellow, a Center for the Study of Ethics Faculty Fellow, a Global/Intercultural Faculty Fellow, and a Servce-Learning Faculty Fellow. He is passionate about teaching, loves to conduct research, enjoys working with organizations in the community, and loves writing in all styles—from academic, to professional, to op-ed, to other creative writing projects—and have been published widely in academic journals, books, magazines, and in popular media locally, nationally, and abroad (such as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and USA Today).He also enjoys his involvement in various service assignments and activities, both on and off of campus.




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